Ignite the Night benefits Citizens for Conservation efforts

  • More than 500 people attended Citizens for Conservation's harvest fundraiser, Ignite the Night, Sept. 14 in Barrington Hills.

    More than 500 people attended Citizens for Conservation's harvest fundraiser, Ignite the Night, Sept. 14 in Barrington Hills. Courtesy of Bob Lee

  • A dramatic bonfire and a full harvest moon capped the evening at Citizens for Conservation's Ignite the Night.

    A dramatic bonfire and a full harvest moon capped the evening at Citizens for Conservation's Ignite the Night. Courtesy of Citizens for Conservation

 
Submitted by Citizens for Conservation
Posted10/25/2019 12:13 PM

More than 500 people celebrated under a full harvest moon at Citizens for Conservation's Ignite the Night on Sept. 14.

The event at the Barrington Hills Park District featured live music by Beamish, food and beverages, stargazing with professional-grade telescopes, flashlight walks, close-up encounters with raptors, a raffle and horse-drawn wagon rides, all capped by a spectacular bonfire.

 

Citizens for Conservation hoped to divert as much material from the landfill as possible. Thanks to the assistance of the group Mindful Waste, all packaging used at the event was compostable, recyclable or reusable.

Mindful Waste volunteers were on hand to educate and help with the sorting process, and after recycling 154 pounds of bottles, cans and cardboard; upcycling 11 pounds of plastic film; composting 315 pounds of food waste, paper plates, cups and napkins; and donating 60 pounds of extra corn, only a six-pound bag of landfill waste remained.

All proceeds from the event will support Citizens for Conservation's preservation and restoration work in the Barrington area. Supporters of the event included the Forest Preserves of Cook County and the Barrington Hills Park District.

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